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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960-1988)
1978 City As School, Brooklyn, N.Y., paper-bound yearbook
yearbook: 11 x 812 in. (28 x 21.6 cm.)
pamphlet: 812 x 7 in. (21.6 x 17.8 cm.)
Executed in 1978.
Provenance
Private collection
Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 23 November 2008, lot 320
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
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Lot Essay

The teenage Jean Michel is pictured in the yearbook along with early artistic collaborator Al Diaz, as well as an image of their now famous SAMO graffiti tag. At least four early drawings by Basquiat also illustrate the yearbook. Accompanied by the paper program for the June 1977 graduation ceremony, with cover illustration by Basquiat. All pieces came directly from a former student at City As School.

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